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10 Days History tour itinerary for ethiopia: Voyage On The Historic Route

Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Aksum, Lalibela

Nature Tour
History Tour
Museum Tour
Voyage on the Historic Route

Rock-Hewn Church of Lalibela


Embark upon a wonderful trip by land and flight across the Ethiopian landscape. You will be rewarded by the rock-cut churches, National Museum, Lake Tana, Blue Nile River, Debre Birhan Church, Queen of Sheba palace ruins, and many more important sites. 

DAY 01

Addis BAba

  • Upon arrival in Addis Ababa, meet the Ethiopian tour guide/representative at the airport for the transfer service to the hotel.

  • Check in to the hotel if early check-in is possible if not then, proceed the city tour of Addis Ababa after having breakfast in the hotel.

  • In the city tour of Addis Ababa which includes the National Museum where Lucy is located, St Georgis Church with the adjacent museum, and cathedral trinity church.

  • Drive through the biggest open-air market and some historical monuments in Addis Ababa. 

  • If time allows, visit also the Ethnographic museum. 

Overnight in Capital hotel.

DAY 02

Fly Addis ababa - Bahirdar

  • Early morning check in to the domestic airport for the flight to Bahir Dar on ET126 which leaves 7 o’clock.

  • Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for some refreshment.

  • Then do a city tour of Bahir Dar which includes the colour full open-air market and panoramic view the city, Lake Tana and the Blue Nile river.

  • In the afternoon, go on a boat trip on Lake Tana to visit two historical island monasteries of 14th century AD with the beautiful wall paintings. 

Overnight Abay Minch hotel or similar.

DAY 03

Bahir Dar - Gondar

  • In the morning, embark on an excursion to the Blue Nile fall which involves walking through the countryside.

  • Upon arrival at the village of Tis Abay which means Smoking Nile. You are going to decide which walking; you choose either the harder ways that take 1.30 to 2 hours steady up and down then finally after the falls, cross the Blue Nile river by boat to meet the car for the drive back to Bahir Dar. The second is the easy walking, crossing the Blue Nile by boat and walking more or less 30 min easy way then visit the Blue Nile Falls then back the same way back.

  • In the afternoon, drive to Gondar, 180 km which will take 3 hours.

  • Enjoy the spectacular view of the landscape and visit the village where you can visit the house of the Amhara people.

Overnight Goha Hotel or similar.

DAY 04


  • In the morning, do a city tour in Gondar which includes the 17th century AD castle compound, Bath of king Fasiladas, the founder of Gondar as a capital city, Debre Birhan Church which is more than 320 years old, and Quskuam church which has been constructed by Queen Minitab.

  • In the afternoon, savour an excursion to a place called Kososye which is 30 km from Gondar in the direction of Axum.

  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Semien Mountains and have some easy walking to spot the Gelada baboon, the endemic baboon in Ethiopia and some birds.

  • Then back to Gondar.

Overnight in Goha hotel or similar hotel

DAY 05

Gondar - Axum

  • Early morning, drive to Axum which is 370km.

  • Have a lunch box on the way and enjoy the landscape passing through two gorges, the Limalimo Gorge and the Tekeze Gorge.

  • Do photo stops and visit villages, passing through two.

Overnight Sabean hotel or similar.

DAY 06


  • Full day city tour of Axum which includes the archaeological site, ruins of Queen of Sheba palace, the ruin of the 6the century Ad King Kaleb, Gebre Meskel, swimming pool of Queen of Sheba called “ May Shum, the 5th century stelae compound with archaeological Museum and Saint Marry of Zion Church, where the true Arc of the covenant is said to be kept with its adjacent museum filled with the collection the treasure of the church. 

Overnight Sabean hotel or similar

DAY 07

Axum - Lalibela

  • Fly to Lalibela known as the African Petra by ET123 which takes off at 12: 10 o’clock from Axum and arrives at 12: 50.

  • Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel which is 23 km from the airport to check-in and have lunch.

  • Then in the afternoon, visit the first cluster of the rock-hewn church of Lalibela which is known as the earthly Jerusalem where you are going to visit 6 churches in a cluster which are not far apart from each other. 

Overnight Mountain view or similar hotel

DAY 08


  • Early morning 7 o'clock in the morning, do an excursion to the 11th century AD Yimrehane Kristos Church which is 42 km away from Lalibela.

  • Upon arrival, walk 20 to 30 min to the church though stairs to visit the church which is constructed on the water with impressive architecture. In the cave of these churches, you are going to see also skeletons of pilgrims who came to this place and lived and died there.

  • Back to Lalibela for lunch.

  • On the way visit an interesting village called Bilbala.

  • In the afternoon, visit the souvenier shops and Lalibela and coffee ceremony in a local house. 

Overnight in Lalibela Mountain view hotel.

DAY 09


  • In the morning, visit the second cluster of rock-hewn churches of Lalibela known as the heavenly Jerusalem which has five churched in the cluster.
    After the visit of the churches, visit the Saturday market of local open-air market in Lalibela.

  • Then you will have lunch.

  • Late in the afternoon, proceed for an excursion to Neakuto leab cave church, constructed by the last king and successor of King Lalibela. 

Overnight in Mountainview hotel.

DAY 10

Lalibela - Addis

  • Transfer to the airport at 08:10 for the flight from Lalibela to Addis Ababa by ET126 which departs at 10:10.

  • Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel to check in to your day use room.

  • Afternoon as per your choice, you can visit some more things that you would like to visit, shopping or resting and relaxing in the hotel.

  • Evening, eat dinner either in Mekush Art Gallery or in Ethiopia traditional restaurant with folkloric dances.

  • Then, transfer to the airport for the flight back home.

  • 1400 USD Per Adult
  • Accommodation as specified on the programs or similar standard hotel though out the tour on full board basis (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

  • Well experienced English-speaking guide from Addis Ababa till Addis Ababa

  • Very good and comfortable minibus service with airco and with well-experienced driver and fuel expense thought out the tour

  • All entrance fee, embarkation fee, formal and informal taxes though out the tour.

  • Domestic flight ticket from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar, Axum to Lalibela and Lalibela to Addis Ababa.

  • ½ litter of water per day per person though out the trip during driving

  • All transfers from and to the airport.

  • All personal expenses

  • Alcoholic drinks during the meal and during the trip

  • International flight

  • Can organise also international flight  if requested 

  • Combination of this tour with the Omo valley, trekking in the Semien Mountains, Denakil Depression is possible on request. 

  • If it is you want to spend more days than the planned itinerary, it is possible and modifying the itinerary is also possible upon request.

  • Guided 10 day Historic route trip by flight and surface 

Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Gondar, Aksum, Lalibela

Nature Tour
History Tour
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